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For some reason I’m on a straight tea kick. But I’m making it the way I always use to make my Orange Pekoe when I very first started drinking tea: milk and sugar. It’s so yummy.
This tea didn’t stand a chance. I inhaled it. I would love to get more of this one as my alternative to Orange Pekoe, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get it easily again or not. I found this on the discount shelf at the grocery store sometime last year… But I do know of a place not far that sells a Canadian Breakfast tea from Metropolitan tea company so maybe I’ll switch back to that one.
Either way, this tea is super good and I loved it. It will be missed for sure.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I have fallen in love with this tea all over again… as a latte! I’m amazed at how good this is as a latte. I love adding a bit of agave to it, even though it doesn’t really need it, but I find that I love sweet lattes.

Anyways, highly recommend. So yummy


Oh yeah, so good!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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I believe this is my first ever time having this as a latte. I made it today at home with my advent calendar tin. It’s so lovely as a latte. I’m glad I didn’t sweeten it as it’s sweet enough on its own, but it’s so lovely with milk and is such a great colour. Love this tea.


I still want to try this as a latte! Maybe when I get home after work I will as a treat :)


Mmmm this sounds nice as a latte. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Okay, so here we go! I deleted the last note of this one and will write my full one now!

1st steep (5sec): Light amber in colour with a light taste. It’s slightly sweet. Yum!! Smells very earthy but doesn’t taste strong of earthiness yet.
2nd (6sec): Slightly darker with some earthiness hinting through.

At this point, I pulled some of the leaves apart as they were really sticking together. Next time I wouldn’t do that and just see what the taste is when left as is.

3rd (7sec): Colour is going slightly red. Earthiness is most predominant. Not noticing the sweetness anymore.
Steeps 4-7 were still very earthy.

8th (9sec): Roasted hickory smell! Yummy! Reminded me of campfires but in a light way. It is earthy but very good. Tastes slightly woody with some of that roasted almost hickory taste! LOVING this steep! So delicious! I’m loving the hickory taste.

9 & 10: Same as above. Loved the last three steeps especially. Finished on 10 as I just felt done.

So, in conclusion, I am really enjoying this tea so far. I love using a gaiwan. I love using a tea pick. I love noticing changes in the tea as I steep it. I love how it actually does change as time goes on. I love how it brings me to a place where I stop and relax. I know to a lot of family and friends that don’t get it, that I probably seem crazy, but I love this tea journey that I seem to be on right now and how I’m really trying to find the ways I love tea the most.


Congrats and welcome to a Dark Side of Pu!


Thanks! :)

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Had this as a latte tonight with my dinner. It was so tasty!! So in love with this tea. Yummy yummy.

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drank Honey Black by DAVIDsTEA
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First one to review this! PLUS, it’s my 500th note!

I’ve been waiting to write my 500th note until I tried something new, not just write a review for something I’ve had before. And when I saw this in store yesterday I knew this was the one. I am so excited about this tea.

So, Steeped it up for 4 minutes and took a nice lovely sip. This tea is naturally sweet and bold. It really does live up to its name. I’m not one for honey at all, but this one really works for me. It’s sweet without being overbearing honey flavour. It’s just a lovely sweet bold, slightly malty tea that just has everything going for it. I know several people that don’t care for it all the much already, but I love it. It reminds me of Nepal Black in some ways, but it’s very unique to itself also. I should almost do a side-by-side comparison. That will happen another day though.

So anyways, I LOVE this tea. I will probably get more soon. It’s so lovely and delicious, sweet and yummy. I definitely recommend.


Congrats on 500!

Evol Ving Ness

A good one to celebrate 500 with then. Congrats!


Congrats! I can’t drink black tea but this one sound lovely :)


Congratulations! And I had no idea they even had this tea.

Evol Ving Ness

This one may be my upcoming free one if it is still around

Christina / BooksandTea

@Fjellrev: They just introduced this one a few days ago, I think.


Thanks everyone!!
Yeah this one came out yesterday. It’s the December tea of the month, so it’ll be permanent. :) I’ve very happy about that.


It’s nice they have more straight teas that are becoming permanent :)

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I LOVE THIS TEA!! This tea is so amazing. I love it so much.

The other day I steeped it up gong fu style. I wasn’t sure if it would work well but it definitely did. It held up so well to multiple steepings. I don’t remember how long I steeped it each time or how many times I steeped it, but I think it was something like 5/5/7/10/10/15/15… I’m sure it went up from there too. I found I was ready to be done with it before the tea was ready to be done. The flavour held up so so well! And what I loved about gongfu steeping is it wasn’t super strong but just right. It makes it light and sweet almost. You’re not over doing it and making it super strong. IT’s amazing how well it does.

Anyways, must go now. But SO happy to have this tea!


Sounds good! Do you buy this tea from a local shop? When I looked at their website, it said they only sell to wholesale, so I was a little confused.

Christina / BooksandTea

Metropolitan is one of the major wholesalers in North America. If you go to a lot of independent tea shops and tea rooms that do high tea, they’ll probably have this in stock.


Thank you! I haven’t been to many, but the next time I’m at one, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out :)

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Just over a year later and I’m trying this one again. It’s been a while. Anyways, I’m not getting the bitterness that I mentioned last time and this time I’m leaving the bag in the whole steeping plus I added some rock sugar and some milk. It’s not too bad. I don’t mind it. It doesn’t have much for flavour anymore though. It’s almost like a regular black tea with a tiny bit of fruitiness to it. Not terrible, but I don’t really feel like I’m getting all the flavours that I would expect from a tea of this name.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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After the last three weeks that I’ve had, I don’t care how messy the house is, I don’t care that the dishes need to be done, I don’t care what needs to be put away… I’m stopping and trying to do my second ever gong fu steeping. Three weeks ago, I had my first ever kidney stone, then a bladder infection because of it, then a head cold. Also in the time, my husband’s grandfather’s lady friend (Girlfriend I guess?) went into hospital for health concerns. While she was there, husband’s grandpa had a stroke and is in there too. She doesn’t know he’s there though as they don’t want to stress her out. Also, my own brother fell off a ladder at his house where he was doing roof repair and broke his femur really bad. They had to get an ambulance to the hospital where they were transfered to a different one a half hour away. Now thankfully he’s already moving as they did emergency surgery, but it was very scarey for a bit.
That’s all on top of the fact that my own gramma had hip surgery mid-october and my father-in-law had knee surgery just before that. Thankfully they are both doing so good.

So anyways, I need to stop and do something that I really love and drink some tea! My munchkin is exhausted after his first ever playgroup this morning so now is the perfect time.

Off I go.

I’ve done a few steeps already and so far my main flavour that I get is roastiness. and some nutty as well. Third steep in I’m getting just the faintest amount of sweetness in the back of my cheeks.

I definitely understand why one would want to use a small gaiwan for a single person doing this as I’m having a hard time finishing each steep as it seems to be a lot of tea for one person. Also, I’m not very good at timing each steep, which is something I need to watch as a few times I have over steeped a bit because the tea is almost too strong or too roasted for my liking. I’m having a moment right now where I’m suddenly realizing how much this is reminding me of Nepal Black from davidstea. It just has a few qualities that are similar, which will have to be one of the next gaiwan sessions I try.

I thought by now the leaves would be completely opened up but they aren’t I’m not sure sure if I’m not steeping long enough or what, but i’m on steep… 5-7 (can’t remember..) and they are still pretty tight.

Alright, I’m going to wrap this up for now. I’m mostly getting roasted with a hint of nuts. If I get anything else I will add to this note, otherwise that’s my general thoughts of this tea. and everything else that’s going on.


Ohhhh my goodness…you enjoy that tea. You deserve it.


:) Thanks!
Yeah it’s been a tough last bit. I’m just praying things go up from here. I’m sure they will.


I pray so as well for you!


Thanks :)

Evol Ving Ness

Goodness! May all the outcomes be positive ones for you and yours.


Oh my! When it rains, it pours. Definitely saying some prayers for things looking up and up and up!


Wow! That’s definitely a deluge! Rest, breathe!

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by DAVIDsTEA
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So, last year I believe it was, Davidstea had a gingerbread tea that I was so in love with. I think I have enough for one more latte. That’s what I did with that tea. All 100g was enjoyed in latte form. Yummmmmmmm Thankfully I only use 2 perfect spoons for my lattes so it lasted for a bit longer.

Anyways, I am super excited for the as it smells almost the exact same to me! The only thing I don’t like is that it has mate in it! Why couldn’t we just have it as a rooibos that way I had something to enjoy in the evenings? Sad panda…

Now that I’ve tried it… it is so much like last year’s that I’m in love. I won’t know for sure until I made a latte with it, but it’s seems pretty much the same Yumm!! Just the mate this year would make it slightly different.

Either way, I hopefully will enjoy my 100g


Really looking forward to trying this! I don’t mind mate, but I agree I think this one should have been just rooibos cause I prefer my lattes to be caffeine free as well.


Yeah I definitely think it would have been fine without the mate. I don’t mind some caffeine in my lattes, but sometimes I want one after dinner and my list of options caffeine free after dinner is so small.


I drink mostly caffeine free stuff (1-2 cups of green tea in the morning then herbals/rooibos and occasionally decaf green for the rest of the day) and for lattes I use 4 perfect spoonfuls (10tsp!) of leaf so if my lattes have caffeine I would have the jitters and my belly might hurt :(. So for this tea I’ll probably never end up making it into a latte due to too much caffeine


The mate is not noticeable in this blend.. And it’s last on the ingredient list! Likely very, very minute amounts of stimulants in the tea. Drink up!

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Updated Dec. 14/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys! One born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
The second one came just Monday evening at only 2 weeks early so he’s healthy and perfect!
Life just got so much more busy and crazy but I’m so excited.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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